July 24, 2014
D OUG BLOOM, 56, of Flourtown, is CEO of RealWinWin, a company that makes energy efficiency economically viable for clients who own, operate or manage more than 1 billion square feet of commercial space. The company finds, collects and creates rebates to make energy-related projects more cost-effective. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for RealWinWin? A: The company was founded in 2001 to build an ASP [application service provider] in the landlord-tenant, building and energy-efficiency spaces.
June 13, 2014 |
In what was, by all accounts, their first public appearance together since winning their parties' nominations in the May 20 primary election, Republican Gov. Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf outlined their competing environmental stances Wednesday night at the annual dinner meeting of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Both spoke of a need for balance - that environmental protection and economic development are not mutually exclusive. But they differed in how to get there - most notably, but not surprisingly, on whether there should be an extraction tax on natural gas development in the state's rich Marcellus Shale formation.
June 4, 2014 |
A proposed federal rule to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants - a signature initiative for the Obama administration - would not only address climate change but protect public health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in announcing it Monday. But how Pennsylvania and New Jersey would meet that mandate is still very much up in the air. By 2030, the nation's power sector would, on average, have to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels.
April 27, 2014 |
Tom Wolf's campaign for governor has apologized and fired a consultant after acknowledging the aide lifted passages from a Wisconsin energy company's reports and reprinted them as part of Wolf's policy on energy efficiency. "I have directed the staff to make sure nothing like this ever happens again, and have asked for a new process to be put in place to ensure it does not," Wolf said in a statement. U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, one of his opponents in the Democratic primary, pointed out the "troubling plagiarism" Thursday, saying the episode raised doubts about the front-runner.
April 24, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will hold a hearing May 5 at Drexel University on the use of combined heat and power (CHP), a high-efficiency method of generating electricity and thermal energy from a single fuel source. CHP systems, which are used by businesses like hotels, universities and hospitals, generate about 2,638 megawatts or 7.2 percent of Pennsylvania's total electricity. The PUC says the technical potential for additional systems could quadruple that production.
April 13, 2014 |
Whether they're looking at newly built or previously owned houses, all buyers have lengthy wish-lists. When choosing new, they have a virtually empty canvas on which to draw their dream homes, especially if money is no object. These days, however, it is an issue, even for higher-end buyers, said Carl Becht, vice president of sales for Vaughan & Sautter Builders in Wayne. "They are very cost-conscious these days and might not be as willing to go overboard" as they were before the economic downturn, Becht said.
February 2, 2014 |
City Hall has a reputation as a prodigious producer of hot air. But the towering seat of government at Broad and Market Streets is not Philadelphia's biggest greenhouse-gas emitter. The Philadelphia Museum of Art and Perelman Building ranked as city government's top energy consumer, according to a new list compiled by the Mayor's Office of Sustainability. City Hall ranked No. 6. Twenty buildings in three sectors - offices and courts, prisons, and museums - consumed more than 60 percent of the energy used by 259 city buildings analyzed in the report.
January 26, 2014 |
Once Marcelo J. Rouco decided on Philadelphia as the location for the North American headquarters of his Australian energy-efficiency firm, Ecosave Inc., he went all in. Last June, he paid $4.2 million for a small engineering firm in Bristol, DVL Automation, as a beachhead for his North American expansion. He also bought a Center City house and relocated his wife and two children from Down Under. "Australia is a great place, but a smaller market, only 21 million people," said Rouco, 44. "So I expect the North American office to generate a lot more revenue than the Australian office.
January 7, 2014 |
Want to "green" your portfolio? You can invest in mutual funds that keep an eye on the environment by owning shares in companies that, say, treat wastewater used in the "fracking" of natural gas, one of Pennsylvania's booming industries. Pax World is just one of several mutual fund outfits that offers what's known as a "fossil fuel-free" mutual fund, one that includes investments in energy efficiency, alternative energies like solar and so-called low-carbon technologies. Joe Keefe, president and CEO of Pax World Management, based in Portsmouth, N.H., recommends "a multipronged approach.
January 2, 2014 |
When Jim McLaughlin first learned about federal efficiency standards for lightbulbs - and that incandescents would change or go away - he had but one thought: Stockpile! Two years ago, the Broomall resident bought cases of bulbs. Wednesday, as the final phase of standards kicks in, his inventory has lessened. But at age 71, he figures - and hopes - his bulbs will outlast him. "We have none of the new-generation bulbs in our house, and I plan to keep it that way," he said, adding not quite facetiously, "I'm a grumpy old man. I don't want anyone telling me what to do. " In nearby Wallingford, energy efficiency aficionado David Director is ecstatic about the new bulbs.